Great-tailed Grackles stroll on the grass in Zitacuaro



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Great-tailed Grackles stroll on the grass in Zitacuaro

Great-tailed Grackle, zitacuaro, michoacan, mexico, 6

The Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus) that Bob and I saw in Mexico were certainly impressive when it comes to grackles.  On our first morning in Zitacuaro, as we made our way to the patio for breakfast, we did not recognize the ear-piercing call of a number of these birds as they stood sentinel on the hotel’s rooftop. Read more

A Wilson’s Warbler at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano



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A Wilson’s Warbler at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Wilson's Warbler in a tree at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, in Zitacuaro, Mexico

Last spring, at home in Ontario, Bob and I had fervently hoped to see a Wilson’s Warbler as they migrated through our region to their breeding grounds in northern Canada.  It was a total surprise to spot one in Mexico on our very first day on the ground there, and it was no further than a short walk from our hotel room at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

Slate-throated Redstart at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano



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Slate-throated Redstart at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Slate-throated Redstart at hotel rancho san cayetano, zitacuaro, mexico, 7

In January, Bob and I traveled to Zitacuaro in the State of Michoacan, Mexico, for the purpose of seeing the Monarch Butterflies that had completed their winter migration.  It was an added bonus to come across a good selection of interesting birds such as this Slate-throated Redstart, and we didn’t even have to leave the property of Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

A Lincolns Sparrow at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano



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A Lincolns Sparrow at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

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Before we even arrived at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico, we knew it was going to be someplace special.  Not only was the location centrally-located in relation to three nearby monarch butterfly preserves, but it also turned out to be a haven for interesting birds given the lush grounds and proximity to a sheltered river valley.  To our surprise, one day at lunch, a brave Lincolns Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) fluttered to the ground next to our sunlit table and cast a curious glance our way. Read more

A Berylline Hummingbird at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano



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A Berylline Hummingbird at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Berylline Hummingbird sitting on a tree at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico

During the course of our stay at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico, Bob and I observed several different species of hummingbirds, but it always seemed that they were either far away or prone to disappear as soon as we got near.  On our hike down to the river adjacent to the hotel, we came across this Berylline Hummingbird basking in the morning sun. Read more

Vermilion Flycatchers at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano



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Vermilion Flycatchers at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

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Bob and I arrived at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico, late in the afternoon after having landed in Mexico City that morning, so it wasn’t until the next day that we set out for a walk to explore the extensive landscaped grounds surrounding the well-kept resort.  That is when we came upon a Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) that was frequenting a bench in one spacious area of open lawn. Read more